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Published: Monday, Aug. 4 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Mark from Montana
Davis County, UT

For many it is a matter of perspective. The closer to home the struggle, the more important it is. For me and my family, there have been few times worse. Doesn't mean the world is ending or great calamities are coming for the entire planet, but for us, these are the worst of times. It doesn't matter if India feeds itself, or the death rate has dropped. Those are too far removed for them to impact us. Our struggles are close to home and impact our view of life.

Far East USA, SC

You are way over thinking this Mr Bennett.

The people that say “These are the worst times we’ve ever had!” along with, “Our future is doomed.”
don't mean it literally.

They are merely expressing their dislike for Democrats in general and Obama specifically.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

I am sure Mr. Bennett could go on in more detail. This may be the most optimistic time to live in the world.

Murray, UT

Bravo & well said - I believe however, that it was Norman Borlaug, not Berlaug. Thank you for the hopeful reminder that there is no need to hit the panic button yet . . .

Pleasant Grove, UT

@Bailout Bob "The population increase has not come from rising birth rates...but falling death rates."

I thought the death rate was still 100%.

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

This absolutely should be the best of times. However, liberal government policies have created a whole generation of people who no longer respect traditional American values. This has led to increased rates of all sorts of social ills. As Abraham Lincoln famously stated "Whenever the vicious portion of the population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw printing presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure, and with impunity; depend on it, this government cannot last."


@Mark from Montana
Without elaborating we have to assume you are in a personal crisis, which of course my condolences to you. But the article was really highlighting the state of the Nation and World. This article addresses the "sky is falling" crowd and it does a good job.

Salt Lake City, UT

However. the environment globally is a major source of anxiety, and such is reality based. As I have commented elsewhere huge methane deposits are about to be released in the Arctic occasioned by the warming Arctic Ocean due to CO2 emissions. This would create a global catastrophe threatening all life including human life (because methane is the ultimate global warming gas). Perhaps Senator Bennett would look into this matter.

Sandy, UT

I'm not so confident that Mr. Bennett can predict the future any better than the rest of us. Consider the optimism that existed prior to the 1929 stock market crash and the Great Depression. Likewise, go back and look at the pervasive optimistic attitudes prevailing before the dotcom and real estate busts. We're in a very similar environment today. My money is poised for another crash, but this one worse than any of them. Other than that, things are swell.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

"We're in a very similar environment today. My money is poised for another crash, but this one worse than any of them. Other than that, things are swell."

We could institute necessary regulation that would prevent this from happening.

But sadly, tea party folks have prevented this from being accomplished. The free market will take care of everything, right repubs?

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

The tea party had the economy trashed and gold at 5,000 by now with ten percent employment. Its gloomy for the tea party.

Durham, NC

Bennett is spot on here. It isn't that bad things are happening more, but that we have exposure to more bad things, faster than ever. It isn't that groups like ISIS are new, its just that we now hear about their activities in real time. It isn't that we haven't had plagues like we've had in Africa before - its just that in today's 24x7 news cycle we hear about it.

In my work I travel to the most hidden corners of the earth, working with people from a broad spectrum of faiths and nationalities. And when you sit down with these people over dinner, you find that we have far more in common than separates us. And the fact that bad actors in the world can't do their evil deeds in the dark anymore - that the whole world can see what they are doing - gives one encouragement that these acts will no longer be tolerated just because we don't see them.

I am optimistic...

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

It appears that John Charity Spring has found some quote that he's going to quote on every post on every topic imaginable.

But I would bet that times were tougher generally in Civil War years or The Great Depression or even the malaise of the late 1970's.

The sun will come up tomorrow...

Sandy, UT

Finger-pointing on this comment board is predictable: it's the fault of Obama/Bush/Democrats/Republicans/Tea Party, etc., etc. My own view is that this upcoming crash will have been a decades-long and bi-partisan effort of current and past congresses, White House administrations, the Federal Reserve and other central banking organizations world-wide and others not mentioned.

Provo, UT

Who cares about the Ukraine and Israel?

None of these are threats to the USA.

There will always be "bad guys" in the world. We need to come to the realization that we can't police the entire world. Let's focus on our own country for a change, shall we?

Atlas Smashed
Santa Monica, CA

Wait pump the breaks.

Upcoming crash?


Which credible economist were an upcoming crash? If we know it's coming then can't we prevent it?

I agree with Howard Beal, take a chill pill people. Relax. The sun will come up tomorrow. Let's stop trying to manufacture crisis after crisis. Life doesn't have to be so negative.

Sandy, UT

Atlas: what "credible" economist saw the last bust coming? Most of them didn't. A few did. Those same few are warning us of this next one.

Provo, UT

I'm with Mr. Bennett. There are some problems now, but when haven't there been? There are always economic ups and downs. There are always places with wars and serious health issues. Let's do what we can to help others through these issues, but there is no more need for pessimism now than at any other time in history. Tea partiers are just afraid of their own shadows, and they seem to be the ones who are sure the U.S.A. is going to fall tomorrow. Because some poor people are getting health care now. And the rich have to suffer paying some of the lowest taxes in decades. And Obama has signed fewer executive orders than any of the past several presidents, but still he thinks he's a "king". Grow a backbone, people, grow a backbone.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Bob, you can't be right. Yesterday in Sunday School everybody agreed this is by far the worst time in world history. And it's Obama's fault.

Orem, UT

Funny how many posters here think the only alarmists are right-wing. While there is a lot of anxiety on the right caused by our current decline due to progressive policies, there are plenty of left-wing alarmists out there as well.

Global warming alarmists tell us the world is going to be uninhabitable soon. Obamacare alarmists tell us that unless we get universal single-payer healthcare, we are doomed. Gun control alarmists tell us that unless we get strict gun control laws, it is going to be the wild west all over again. Immigration alarmist tell us without "comprehensive reform" (i.e. amnesty) all the poor children are going to die. Etc., etc..

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